Rag Radio political analysts Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda join host Thorne Dreyer in our regular feature, Digging In! to the News. We focus on the aftermath of the Dem debates and Roy leads a discussion about our situation with Iran.
Did Elizabeth Warren dominate the first debate and did Kamala Harris become a force to reckon with? Did Uncle Joe falter and is his position atop the heap in danger? And as Roy asked after Trump stepped back from the brink in Iran, "Why didn't we just start World War III?" Another question, this from Glenn: "Is the Gulf of Hormuz Iran's hole card, which it could shut down with a feather and plunge the world's oil and gas economy into chaos?"
In other news, immigration and this week's startling photo. The environment and the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline through the Edwards Aquifer. And, Trump is going to meet with Putin in Japan: "Is he being called to the principal's office?"
Progress Texas PAC director Glenn W. Smith, is an op-ed columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, a columnist for The Quorum Report, and a former political reporter for the Houston Chronicle and Houston Post. A leading political consultant, Glenn managed Ann Richards' winning 1990 Texas gubernatorial campaign.
Roy Casagranda is Professor of Government at Austin Community College where he teaches U.S. and Texas politics. His areas of research include Middle East history and politics, U.S. foreign policy, political philosophy, and warfare. Casagranda serves as an analyst on Middle East Political Affairs for the Austin ABC affiliate, KVUE.
Photo above: Glenn Smith, left, and Roy Casagranda at the KOOP studios in Austin, June 28, 2019. Photo by Roger Baker / Rag Radio.
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